Rigging the Vote: Ayuki Alliance style!

Whilst out in the Internet looking for Ayuki fanservice to rig the current poll (a technique pioneered by Jason), I came across a Japanese site called the "Ayuki Doumei," or Ayuki Alliance! They’re a group of like-minded (and right-minded) individuals that understand who the real heroine of Kashimashi is! Merely seeing the existence of this organization nearly brought me to tears!

I knew I had to join this group (not simply to rig the vote; I’m not that diabolical)! I promptly installed some Japanese text input functionality into my computer and wrote a message in extremely broken Japanese. You can go to the Ayuki Doumei and search for messages by "hengu," they’re good for a laugh. Marvel as I spell "konnichiha" wrong two different ways! (It was rikai-chan that finally taught me how to spell it without a "wa" at the end)

Anyway, they actually accepted my application and now I’m the #10 member of the Ayuki Alliance! Check out my button! 

The alliance wrote up a post about getting to the double-digits in membership thanks to an American. They also wrote that either my Japanese was good, or really bad. I’m not quite sure which.

There are also a bunch of "alliances" for other Kashimashi characters, including Hazumu, Tomari, Yasuna, Jan Puu, and even Asuta and Space Man! I’m surprised there’s no alliance for Namiko-sensei…

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Anyway, ever since I joined the alliance, Ayuki has seen quite a jump in the poll… I’ll call it a coincidence.

P.S. I still haven’t found that Ayuki fanservice yet. Anyone know where I can get some?

Somewhat Regular Poll: Winter 2006 Anime Supporting Cast!

Spurred by some comments I left on Samazama about supporting cast in anime, here’s another poll! 

For some reason or other, I always end up liking the characters in anime that have no chance with the main character. They’re still there, and still smokin’ hot, but there’s no chance they’ll "win" in the end. In some cases they might not even be interested in the main character; I just think they’re more interesting than whoever’s flaunting it in the foreground.

Here are my picks for best minor (not as in age, although I guess some of them could be minors. uh oh…) character in the current Winter 2006 anime batch:

Spurred by some comments I left on Samazama about supporting cast in anime, here’s another poll! 

For some reason or other, I always end up liking the characters in anime that have no chance with the main character. They’re still there, and still smokin’ hot, but there’s no chance they’ll "win" in the end. In some cases they might not even be interested in the main character; I just think they’re more interesting than whoever’s flaunting it in the foreground.

Here are my picks for best minor (not as in age, although I guess some of them could be minors. uh oh…) character in the current Winter 2006 anime batch:

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Email Notifications Update! + Fanservice!

Hey all! There’s just a few administrative things I’d like to tell my readers about. Ok, actually, there’s just one.

I had set up this thing on the sidebar that lets you sign up for email updates. It was powered using feedblitz or some other cool buzzword web 2.0 company. It wasn’t really to my liking, but since pretty much no one signed up for updates anyway, I was like, "meh." The problem with it was that it only sent emails once a day, and pretty much a day after the post was made.

Lo and behold, some people have recently signed up for email notifications! I’ve decided to change the system that I use. I’m now using the wordpress wp-email-notification plugin. This one is instantaneous and quite awesome. So if you’ve signed up for email updates previously, please sign up again (I promise you won’t get duplicate emails). And if you haven’t signed up, well, this is the perfect time*!

Oh, and don’t be worried that I’ll spam you or sell your email to anyone. You’ll only get emailed if I update my blog (and I’ll try to keep the updates to 1 a day at most!). Thanks for reading my rant, and have a nice day! And, uh, here’s some Binchou-tan fanservice for reading through it. (Did I just say Binchou-tan fanservice!?!?!)

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*may not actually be the perfect time

Tokyo Boys & Girls (Tokyo Shounen Shoujo) – Manga Preview

Tokyo Boys & Girls

Moving right along with my Shojo Beat sampler, today I take a look at "Tokyo Boys & Girls."

Tokyo Boys & Girls

Moving right along with my Shojo Beat sampler, today I take a look at "Tokyo Boys & Girls."

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Animal Yokocho Interactive Manga Online

Animal Yokocho Interactive Manga Online

While browsing around looking for Animal Yokocho stuff (I need to get my fix!), I came across the site for the manga. It has little animated flash versions of the manga! I haven’t gone through the whole site yet, but it seems to have 18 chapters of flash manga goodness! Plus furigana! There’s also a flash game where you double click on the characters heads to make them disappear (not as violent as might think, though). 

There’s also a bunch of other animated manga on the "Manga Online" website, including Gokusen and a bunch of other ones I haven’t heard of.

If, like me, you’re going through Animal Yokocho anime withdrawal, this might be your best hope. Otherwise, it’s still a pretty cool diversion.